It has been a tradition of Henry County Public Schools to photograph all the students with perfect attendance at each school at the end of the school year. With the exception of this year due to the Coronavirus closure, Henry County High School senior Ryan Archer has been in every single photo since kindergarten.
Ryan is graduating this May with 13 years of perfect attendance and a 4.0 grade point average. Ryan understood that being at school every day was crucial to his accomplishments as a student.
“I felt it was important because I wanted to do good in school and it allowed me to be successful,” Ryan said. “I was lucky that I just never got sick or had anything that made me miss school.”
Ryan’s mother Shanda said doctor’s appointments and sports physicals were scheduled during the summer or on breaks to avoid school absences, but added that her son generally gets up and gets going by himself every school day.
“His self-motivation is a personal asset,” Shanda said. “Ryan sets goals and accomplishes them. He already has his next four years planned out, and I have no doubt with his determination he will succeed in his future. And he has been blessed with a great group of friends that keep each other motivated and great teachers who guided him along the way.”
Ryan plans to attend Northern Kentucky University in the fall as a student in the pre-engineering program. He then hopes to transfer to either UK or UofL to obtain a Master’s degree in engineering.